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The Amazon Legion (Desert Called Peace) Mass Market Paperback – February 28, 2012
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- Publisher : Baen; Reprint edition (February 28, 2012)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 624 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1451638132
- ISBN-13 : 978-1451638134
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.5 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,201,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The characters are well done, as usual. And many, as usual, end up dead or wounded (it is a war we're reading about, after all).
The situations, politics, strategies, etc., are likewise well done. Including the motivation behind the Legion, the various issues with training and outfitting the women to serve alongside men in an army which sometimes seems to be composed of no one who has not taken AT LEAST Marine Basic Training, if not Ranger school (the workarounds for the various issues are clever and practical, in my opinion - if you're going to do something, DO IT).
There are likewise some interesting behind the scenes (after a fashion) looks at the culture and workings of Balboa; some will doubtless find it dystopian, but it is, above all else, practical and logical. Again, if you're going to do something, in this case, run a country, deter crime, and punish criminals, well… do it.
Over and above the book's worth as a military sci-fi novel, it is a pretty good look into one potential (and very logical) solution to some of the issues that arise with our own current military. It would be truly fascinating to see some of these ideas put into action.
All in all, a very good continuation of the series. On to "Come And Take Them!"
Tom Kratman is a very good story teller writing about the future of America, but set on an alien world. This series of books show the slide into impotence the nation is currently undergoing and gives the reader a figure to latch onto. A figure that wants to reverse the slide and show the reader one way this might be done.
This series is not for people who think big charities do good for anyone but themselves. It is not for anyone who thinks it's better our soldiers should die without shooting back because the enemy is using human shields. These books are not for people who believe the Laws of War mandate there may be no civilian casualties in a war zone.
Kratman is, apparently, not a fan of women serving in the military on battlefields. I think he is also not a fan of gay men in the military, or maybe likes the "don't ask,don't tell" culture, but I could be wrong in this regard.
But I believe Kratman must also be a practical man, who realizes that there must be someone on the homefront for defense. In addition, I think we all know that gay men are not going to stop enlisting or being drafted. And I was also glad that he recognized that, in an all women's legion, there are bound to be lesbians. (Okay, not just in women's legions, but I am working with his preferences, etc. It's his world, not mine.)
This is a beautiful, classic tale of motherhood, love (of all kinds), military training, war, fear and courage. The relationships all, at least to me, ring true. I felt that there was no unnaturalness about his characterization of various types of women, men, gay men and lesbians. We see true maternal love in all of its forms.
There is humor and there is tragedy. And at the center of the book, we see the transformation of an average young woman into a valiant, courageous and incredibly heroic soldier.
PS Because I speak Spanish, I also enjoy books with characters deriving from Spanish or Latin American cultures. Thank you for that, Mr. Kratman.
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The plot, such as there is, is to a large extent a rehash of the training procedures that were covered exhaustively in the earlier novels. This time you have women going through the same thing (only modified for weaker women)... again.
Maybe 80-100 pages of this book are actually spent on advancing the "Balboa" plot. If the series hasn't died with this book, it's plot can easily fit in a 2 page prologue with the next installment.
Can safely be skipped without missing much.